Danica Phelps, overview
Danica Phelps: 'Saving time'
08.05.2008 - 14.06.2008
Since graduating from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1994 and the completion of her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995, New York native Danica Phelps has exhibited extensively in the USA and internationally at venues including P.S.1 and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and at the Aldrich Museum, Connecticut and Wien Museum in Vienna. There are three different bodies of work in this exhibition:
1. The flower arrangements and drawings of these flowers
The idea is simple: arranging the flowers between collected trash and then drawing these flowers. The flowers will die over the duration of exhibition and only the drawings will remain. Like the exhibition title says: 'Saving time'
2. Danica's cataloguing of her daily expenditures and every-day activities
Since 1996 she has developed an elaborate diagrammatic identificatory system to document every single financial transaction-where each dollar is represented visually by a single stripe of watercolour: green for incomings, red for outgoings and grey for credit. Through a combined installation of intricate week-at-a-glance financial charts and point by point daily diaries with complimentary figurative line drawings, Phelps creates a sensitive, systemic documentation of life's repetitious rituals such as taking a shower, making love, grocery shopping, paying her utility bills or daily encounters with friends.
3. Danica's trip to India:
Quoting Danica: "I've set about remembering my most recent trip to India. The one I took to get pregnant! This February, having found out that my fallopian tubes are blocked, I realized that the only way I could get pregnant was through in vitro fertilization. However, neither my insurance nor any insurance that I could get as an individual covers IVF and in the US, the bill for that procedure runs up to about $20,000. After a bit of research, I found that in India, the cost is only about $3,000 and at that point, one of my partner's cousins in India volunteered to be our donor. It worked! At this moment, I'm pregnant."
Dominik Mersch: Director thirtyseven degrees - Contemporary Fine Art Gallery
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